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Army mules, automobiles in accident on Naco road

2011-12-10T00:00:00Z Army mules, automobiles in accident on Naco roadArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 10, 2011 12:00 am  • 

In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Nov. 30, 1912

BISBEE, Ariz., - An accident in which two automobiles, an army wagon and a pair of skittish army mules figured, with no one hurt, but everyone horribly frightened, occurred on the Naco road, just beyond Don Luis, yesterday morning at 6 o'clock.

An automobilist was on his way home with a slightly damaged machine, caused by the water freezing in the radiator, and was making slow speed. Just the other side of Don Luis he met the army pack train which had camped at Warren the previous night, in a narrow road up a steep pass. One of the army automobiles was in lead and behind was a loaded army wagon drawn by a pair of mules.

It was a hard matter for the two machines to pass each other in this narrow pass, but it was finally accomplished with much difficulty. Owing to the confusion which resulted, the mules became skittish and started to run down the road, crashing into the automobile, doing no more damage than breaking off the wind shield and nearly causing the machine with its occupants to fall off the cliff.

The mules were stopped as did the machine, which refused to budge another inch. The owner then walked for several miles to the nearest telephone booth and had a local livery man come to his rescue.

- Arizona Daily Star

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